The ALI team was delighted this week when we were visited by our artist, Stacie Flint. Stacie (pictured below with her husband) was celebrating her birthday by visiting us! Our team really enjoyed meeting the face behind her expressionistic, colorful, art!
We look forward to the many new and exciting projects Stacie is working on! She will be introducing current trends and various color palettes to her works.
To view Stacie's portoflio, click here
Another new best seller for Evergreen is a Christmas Collection called "Cabin Christmas" by Color Bakery.
The displays at Evergreen's showroom in Atlanta are stunning. Here are a samples of a few of them.
To view more images by Color Bakery, please visit our website.
Pat Yuille is one of our top stationery products artists. Her whimsical images and clever messages are timely and appropriate for many and all occasions. Here are photos of Pat with her spring/holiday cards and halloween greetings at Legacy and Pictura showrooms respectively in Atlanta.
To view more images by this talented artist – Mrs. Pat Yuille, please visit our website at:
Sherwin Williams has released their 2011 color palettes for the year, and they're striking combos. These four palettes cover the gamut of what 2011 is shaping up to look like. There's a bold combo, a pastel group, a mixture of brights, and of course, the softer more neutral family. Each of these color groupings serves its purpose for various uses in the home.
The Restless Nomad collection includes deep, rich colors and many jewel tones. It's a great palette to use for some punch, but without going too bright. It includes the new purples that have been forecasted as strong colors.
Gentle Medley is the palette that showcases pastels and lights. This is where you can bring in a feminine, fresh tough for a bright, easy look. The aqua that has been strong for so long is still evident here.
The last palette in this new collection is Purely Refined which brings in dusty versions of trendy colors. It uses new blues, lavenders and yellows, which are a very sophisticated combination. Using these colors will be a great first step into 2011!
Pantone has announced their color of the year for 2011, and it's certainly a statement! It's bright pink! Pink is a combination of red and white and is effective in neutralizing chaos and disorder. Pink, in its meaning, provides feelings of caring, tenderness, and acceptance - are we setting the tone for 2011???
Pantone describes their reasoning for selecting this vibrant hue as their color of the year:
Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It's a color for every day - with nothing "everyday" about it.
Purple has certainly taken its place amongst today's leading trend colors. It has been forecasted for some time and it's now really started to earn a spot on retail shelves.
It can take on more of a red-ish hue, like a plum, which seems to be most popular at this point, or it can be cooler with more of a blue cast. It can be both warm and cool, depending on the shade. Either way, it's a color that can look soft and feminine or powerful and punchy.
This color is associated with both royalty and spirituality and a shade of it was selected as Pantone's color of the year in 2008. Now that it's finally hitting the marketplace, it's has come in like a lion. Keep watching this color, as it'll be a major player in the trend world over the next several months.
Bold & bright is the way to go in today's market. Brights can be used for images and products across any theme, but what better way to showcase bright tones than in florals? Flowers are naturally colorful, so mixing them with patterns and backgrounds that complement them and highlight their colors makes perfect design sense. Whether these images are graphic and modern or detailed and more traditional, bright tones are being incorporated to freshen them up!
The ebb and flow of home decor trends has always kept us searching for the latest and freshest palettes. Now,
as we come into a new season, we look towards new colors, varied tones, and updated looks to keep us on the
cutting edge of the art industry.
As we slowly, and cautiously, look ahead at a more promising economic future, our optimism grows. The safer,more comforting colors of the last several years will fade into the background a bit and make way for a new generation of color. This is one of the more dramatic shifts of the last several years. We’ll see overall color palettes brighten and darker, muted tones become accents rather than main colors. Citrus colors play an important roll in this newer, brighter way of life. One of the newest introductions is coral – a tone that hovers between both red and orange. Yellow has shown its form subtly in recent months, but will continue to grow in popularity when paired with other emerging citrus hues.
Of course, on the cooler side of the color palette we find blue and purple still making
headway. The blues are fresh and watery while the purple flirts with reddish hues to look
like plum. Green stakes its claim in both the warm and cool sides of the palette. It plays on
the blue side in aqua and turquoise and becomes acidic when mixed with shades of yellow.
Amongst all these bright, fresh hues, we still have a need for the basics that ground us.
Chocolate brown, sandy taupe, and cool gray still work as a strong backdrop to showcase a
newer palette. Pantone’s seasonal color forecast features strong neutrals like Oyster Gray
and Chocolate Truffle mixed with punchy tones like Purple Orchid, Lagoon, and Lipstick Red.
While establishing the color palette is certainly the most dominant aspect of a trend, using it
properly is still hugely important to its success. Although we’re beginning to see a rise in optimism,consumers are still being incredibly cautious in their purchases. Consumers will
want to incorporate the newer trends with their existing ones and be able to blend the two
together. This is more of a dabble in new trends rather than plunging in headfirst. So to
satisfy the consumer’s desire for a new look, it’s smart to incorporate it in with some of the
Using these trend right colors with popular subject matter is the ace-in-the-hole. Natural elements continue to be a highly popular category. Elements like leaves, trees, and flowers have been strong sellers for several trend cycles and are still in the spotlight. Slightly newer on the scene are the birds, butterflies, and dragonflies that have been hot recently across many product categories. The embellishments and enhancements that the last trend cycles featured have given way to more simplistic sophistication with subtle accents.
We think of trends in terms of how we live our lives. Throughout history, in times of struggle the colors were deeper, darker, and more muted. In more hopeful times, the colors we surround ourselves with become brighter, more cheerful, and more saturated. We’re now living in a time more focused on nature, fresher eating, and healthier living. This is where these citrus and farm fresh colors of veggies, fruits, and open pastures help illustrate our way of life.
In times of uncertainty and worry, people look to inspiration to lift their spirits. So in this unstable economic time, inspirational art has really grown and become a staple in most art offerings. Walk into any retail store’s decor section and you’ll see dozens of images that display some kind of inspirational message.
These are the kinds of images many people are choosing to decorate their homes with. It’s like the equivalent of a nice hot bowl of soup on a cold, damp winter day; it’s a positive message packaged in an attractive way to hang on your wall to see each day as you head out into an uncertain world. These messages vary from ideas of love and friendship, to motivational phrases, to environmental notions, and even to political views.
Each of these ideas is embedded into a decorative style and trendy colors. The style and color allows the message to translate from merely a phrase, to an attractive, inspirational piece of artwork.